It's difficult to describe the music of GOSPROM because it incorporates such a rich and varied range of influences, but if you try to imagine elements of trip hop (particularly Portishead), folk and jazz, along with some scratching, then you're getting close.
GOSPROM live in Kharkov, which is the second largest city in Ukraine. Kharkov itself is famed for its industrial prowess (tank factories and the like) and the name of the band comes from the mightily impressive modernist building of the same name (Wiki it to see what I mean)!
Comprising Marianna Dyakova (vocals), Dmitrij Sysoev - (DJ, programming), Constantine Otkidach (guitar), Andrian Fedoseev (clarinet) and Oleg Shpakowsky (bass), GOSPROM have been ripping up the local live music scene with some belting sets that showcase their own very idiosyncratic brand of music (search YouTube for some videos of them).
Sadly I have no knowledge of the Russian language whatsoever, but Dimitrij reliably informs me that their lyrics are the work of some hugely talented writers like Vladimir Mayakovsky, Michael Svetlov, cult Kharkov writer Sergey Zhadan, poet Constantine Johnson and a host of other young Ukrainian poets.
The GOSPROM project is also a collective that includes designers, photographers, architects and dancers. And I can't write these notes without mentioning the superb artwork, which was designed by Denise Davydov.
Debut mini album Broadway is a perfect illustration of this eccentric hybrid of musical directions and it's something that you're going to download and love. A friendly note of caution - GOSPROM is definitely habit-forming and you may notice yourself listening to it over and over again, mostly with a big fat smile on your face.
1 - rfl009-gosprom-01_-_broadway
2 - rfl009-gosprom-02_-_sweater
3 - rfl009-gosprom-03_-_jacket_of_fop
4 - rfl009-gosprom-04_-_jeweller_shops
5 - rfl009-gosprom-05_-_the_yellow_brick_road
See also MusicBrainz (release group); MusicBrainz (release)
6 - rfl009-gosprom-06_-_ha-ha
November 7, 2008
trip hop meets folk meets jazz meets.... eh.. niceness. good balance of influences and a dark undertone that doesn't dominate or spoil. very nice find indeed
August 25, 2008
This is tremendously good - Everytime my faith in the netaudio scene dims I find something like this which is varied, skilled, interesting and better than what's playing on network radio. Love it!
August 7, 2008
Why no reviews?
Can't believe no-one has reviewed this superb little album yet! Of course, I'm biased, but this is great in anyone's language!